Robin Williams Revealed, with Big Help from BU Archives

Robin Williams Revealed, with Big Help from BU Archives

Nyc Times author’s new guide reveals astonishing truth about late comedian’s famous spontaneous riffs

Comedian and Academy Award–winning star Robin Williams ended up being therefore extremely inventive and spontaneous he comprised all their riffs and routines regarding the fly. Or at the very least, that has been the legend regarding the brilliant but difficult Williams, who ended up being 63 as he passed away from suicide in 2014.

Except, as ny instances tradition reporter Dave Itzkoff writes in the acclaimed New that is 500-plus-page York best-selling biography Robin (Henry Holt and Company, 2018), the legend had been more fiction than reality. Itzkoff, who can speak about their guide Tuesday evening during the Metcalf Ballroom, uncovered Williams’ more complicated innovative process through exhaustive research, including a lot more than 100 interviews with relatives and buddies and also the directors, article writers, actors, agents, and comedians the star worked with.

Additionally main to their comprehension of that innovative procedure, claims Itzkoff, had been Williams’ papers, which he donated to BU’s Howard Gotlieb Archival analysis Center last year, after Gotlieb director Vita Paladino (MET’79, SSW’93) had started a communication with him about them. Among other materials, Itzkoff poured through countless handwritten records Williams had created for jokes and comic shows and for scenes in films and tv shows. Continue reading “Robin Williams Revealed, with Big Help from BU Archives”